Civil Rights


Selena Gomez Has Been Secretly Working to Fight Human Trafficking

Since March, the singer has been spending her time with A21, a nonprofit that rescues and advocates for human trafficking victims.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark

Trump's Prison Guidance Puts Trans Inmates at Greater Risk of Abuse

Prisons are now instructed to consider "biological" sex before gender identity when designating placement for transgender prisoners. Advocates warn the move will immediately endanger trans people in prison.
Diana Tourjée
black history

The Model Who Broke Barriers as Vogue's First Ever Black Cover Girl

Pioneering model Donyale Luna was one of the hottest "it girls" of the 60s. But she ended up an obscure fashion footnote.
Lauren Sarazen
black history

The Sex Worker and Playwright Who Fought to Register Black People to Vote

Endesha Ida Mae Holland's incredible life story is one you won't often find in history books about the civil rights movement.
Adebukola Ajao

Gavin Grimm: Love Is the Heartbeat of Our Community—and It Can Never Be Defeated

In an exclusive op-ed, Gavin Grimm opens up about what it's been like to be a teenager and a leading voice in the fight for trans rights.
Gavin Grimm

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam Was a Champion for the Poor and the Marginalized

Honoring the work of America's first Muslim woman judge.
Kimberly Lawson
Donald Trump

Lawyer Who Called Trans Women 'Biological Men' to Oversee Civil Rights for HHS

Roger Severino has long spoken out against the rights of LGBT Americans—but now he's tasked with ensuring those people receive appropriate medical care.
Diana Tourjée

'We Are All Opposing the Same Man': Thousands Protest Trump at Stonewall Inn

"I feel like all of our rights are at stake. Not just mine—everybody's."
Linda Yang

The Woman Making Art out of the FBI's Surveillance of Her Black Panther Father

Civil rights activist Rodney Barnette was under government surveillance for over 10 years. Now his daughter, Sadie, has turned his 500-page FBI file into art.
Gabby Bess

Why the ACLU Believes MLK’s Message is More Important Than Ever

One key lesson from Dr. King — we cannot be satisfied with surface victories
Sarah Hagi

The Bizarre Reason You Rarely Hear Martin Luther King Quotes in Movies

Steven Spielberg has received criticism for buying the film rights to MLK's speeches, and further controversy stems from King's estate.
Mitchell Sunderland
Civil Rights

Coretta Scott King's 1986 Letter Condemning Jeff Sessions Is as Relevant as Ever

Three decades ago, Coretta Scott King wrote a letter opposing Sessions' nomination to a federal judgeship. As he faces a confirmation hearing for Attorney General, a professor of Africana studies and political science explains how it "could have been...
Kimberly Lawson